5 août 2022 | Local, Naval

Fire safety system problems on new Arctic ship delays deployment on northern exercise

HMCS Harry DeWolf was left out of a major northern exercise because its fire suppression system wasn’t working properly

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/fire-safety-system-problems-on-new-arctic-ship-delays-deployment-on-northern-exercise

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  • Le gouvernement du Canada annonce l’attribution de contrats de recherche et développement à l’appui de la surveillance de l’Arctique

    4 février 2019 | Local, C4ISR

    Le gouvernement du Canada annonce l’attribution de contrats de recherche et développement à l’appui de la surveillance de l’Arctique

    Le 1er février 2019 – Ottawa (Ontario) – Défense nationale/Forces armées canadiennes Le ministère de la Défense nationale (MDN) investit dans la recherche et le développement en matière de défense afin de trouver des solutions novatrices aux défis de surveillance auxquels les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) sont confrontées, particulièrement dans le Nord canadien. À l’appui de cet objectif, le député de York-Centre, Michael Levitt, a annoncé aujourd’hui, au nom du ministre de la Défense Harjit S. Sajjan, que le ministère de la Défense nationale, par l’entremise de Services publics et Approvisionnements Canada, a accordé deux contrats à Raytheon Canada Limitée et au laboratoire de vol spatial de l’Institut universitaire d’études aérospatiales de l’Université de Toronto (UTIAS SFL) dans le cadre de la Connaissance de la situation dans tous les domaines (CSTD) du programme de sciences et technologie (S et T), pour un total de 46,2 millions de dollars. Raytheon Canada Limited a obtenu un contrat de 31,2 millions de dollars pour la construction d’appareils électroniques d’émission et de réception destinés à une étude sur la détection radar à longue portée au-delà de l’horizon. Un contrat de 15 millions de dollars a également été attribué au UTIAS SFL pour le développement d’un prototype de microsatellite multifonctionnel équipé d’une technologie de détection de pointe pour la surveillance aérienne et maritime. Comme le souligne la politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, l’aptitude à mener des travaux de pointe en recherche et développement dans le domaine des technologies relatives aux satellites et aux radars est essentielle au soutien des capacités des FAC, tout particulièrement dans des régions éloignées comme l’Arctique canadien. Les solutions de surveillance comme celles-ci améliorent notre accès à des renseignements précis et opportuns, ce qui permet aux FAC et à nos partenaires de mieux recueillir, comprendre et diffuser l’information et les renseignements, tout en appuyant notre capacité de mener des opérations couronnées de succès au pays comme à l’étranger. Ces systèmes appuieront la capacité du gouvernement du Canada d’exercer sa souveraineté dans le Nord, accroîtront la sensibilisation aux questions de sûreté et de sécurité et favoriseront une meilleure connaissance des activités commerciales et de transport dans l’Arctique canadien. De plus, les solutions trouvées dans le cadre de la CSTD du programme S et T contribueront aux efforts conjoints du Canada et des États-Unis pour moderniser des éléments du Commandement de la défense aérospatiale de l’Amérique du Nord (NORAD). Citations « Notre gouvernement comprend que la science et l’innovation sont cruciales pour relever certains de nos défis les plus complexes en matière de défense et de sécurité. Grâce à ces contrats, le ministère de la Défense nationale passe à l’étape suivante dans la résolution de nos problèmes de surveillance dans l’Arctique. Nous sommes fiers de nous associer à Raytheon Canada et au laboratoire de vol spatial pour continuer à produire des solutions novatrices visant à protéger le Nord canadien. » Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan Ministre de la Défense nationale Faits en bref Les microsatellites du UTIAS SFL en cours de développement offriront une détection et une identification rapides et ponctuelles de cibles de surface ou aériennes. On s’attend à ce que cela améliore la fiabilité des performances de détection et d’identification et entraîne l’amélioration de la connaissance de la situation pour les FAC et nos partenaires. Une fois le prototype terminé et testé avec succès, deux microsatellites supplémentaires seront construits pour créer une petite formation. Ceux-ci seront ensuite lancés à des fins de démonstration et d’essai. L’objectif principal du projet Raytheon est de démontrer la faisabilité de la technologie des radars à ondes ionosphériques pour la détection de cibles aériennes à toutes les altitudes au-delà de l’horizon du radar. Cela comprend la réflexion de signaux sur l’ionosphère vers une station de réception située au-delà de la ligne de visée. Une fois opérationnel, le système sera utilisé conjointement avec d’autres systèmes pour mieux comprendre l’effet des aurores boréales sur la détection de cibles au-delà de l’horizon. La CSTD du programme S et T vise à tirer parti de l’expertise scientifique et technologique novatrice d’autres ministères, du milieu universitaire, de l’industrie et d’autres alliés pour déterminer, évaluer et valider des technologies à l’appui de la surveillance aérienne et maritime, plus particulièrement dans le Nord. Grâce à un investissement quinquennal de 133 millions de dollars jusqu’en 2020, la CSTD du programme S et T appuie l’élaboration d’options pour mieux faire connaître les approches aériennes, maritimes de surface et souterraines du Canada, en particulier celles de l’Arctique.   L’organisation scientifique et technologique de la Défense nationale, Recherche et développement pour la défense Canada (RDDC), est le chef de file national en S et T pour la défense et la sécurité. RDDC fournit à la communauté des S et T pour la défense, aux Forces armées canadiennes, à d’autres ministères et au milieu de la sécurité publique, les connaissances et la technologie nécessaires pour défendre et protéger les intérêts du Canada au pays et à l’étranger. Liens connexes Connaissance de la situation dans tous les domaines – Programme de S et T Protection, Sécurité, Engagement https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-defense-nationale/nouvelles/2019/02/le-gouvernement-du-canada-annonce-lattribution-de-contrats-de-recherche-et-developpement-a-lappui-de-la-surveillance-de-larctique.html

  • SkyAlyne: A True Canadian Collaboration for FAcT

    31 octobre 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

    SkyAlyne: A True Canadian Collaboration for FAcT

    In May 2018, CAE and KF Aerospace joined together to form SkyAlyne Canada – a 50/50 joint venture to focus on developing and delivering military pilot and aircraft training in Canada. These two companies currently deliver all phases of pilot training to the Royal Canadian Air Force through the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program and the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) program. These programs will come to an end in the next few years and Canada is looking to award a new contract to renew its existing aircrew training services through the Future Aircrew Training program (FAcT). Vanguard recently had the opportunity to speak with Peter Fedak, Program Solutions, SkyAlyne Canada. Can you tell us a little more about this joint venture between CAE and KF Aerospace? Peter Fedak: CAE and KF Aerospace are the current providers of all phases of military pilot training and air combat system operator training in Canada. Since we have the knowledge, experience, and credibility with the RCAF in providing these training services to them, we thought that by joining together we can provide the best solution for Canada. The best way to do that was to create an entirely new entity – a 50/50 joint venture – with two leading air training Canadian companies. That led to the birth of SkyAlyne, a true collaboration to bring the best solution for the future, provided by a truly Canadian organization. The expertise that we possess – right here in Canada – is a real benefit to Canadians and the RCAF. What are some of the top training challenges with the current programs? PF: With any government program, the most important thing to taxpayers is cost. In Canada, we have some unique environmental challenges that drive the cost up, like the weather, flying below 40 degrees Celsius or above 40. This requires infrastructure, aircraft requirements, and personnel to operate in these extreme temperatures. Another challenge is timing. The NFTC program will expire in 2023, with an option year to 2024. The timeline to engineer the transition, planning, and infrastructure is a challenge that we and the government recognize, but we are ready to face it. With our ongoing programs, we are well situated to seamlessly make the transition for Canada. If SkyAlyne is selected for the FAcT program, what are some of the capabilities that this joint venture will bring to the table? PF: A key part in the lead up to FAcT will be to maintain the existing training programs while transitioning to the new program. We have the employees, technical and infrastructure base with the current programs and the ability to seamlessly move between the two. The most valuable resource is people and under NFTC and CFTS, we have a true core human resources capability of trained, qualified and professional people that work under these programs every day and are committed to the success of the pilot training program for the RCAF. Having these personnel is a real core capability for us to maintain the production of pilots while moving forward. Can you share with us some of the lessons or takeaways from the CFTS program that you think would be important to incorporate into the FAcT program? PF: The key lesson is the relationship. We didn’t create this program and then offer it to the RCAF. We are here because of the RCAF and the Government of Canada. We are here to support them by understanding the culture and people and building on that by working closely with them to keep the program moving forward. This is truly a long-term relationship, like a marriage. We are here for 22 years under this contract and looking for another 25 years. So, it’s a matter of establishing and maintaining that trust going forward. That’s the only way you can get through these long-term complex contracts – building a good relationship. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. PF: Thank you very much for the opportunity. It’s always a pleasure to speak about not only our current programs here in Southport, Manitoba and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan but also the future opportunities to continue supporting the Government of Canada with our exciting new joint venture of SkyAlyne. To hear more about this topic listen to the podcast with Peter Fedak. https://vanguardcanada.com/2019/10/30/skyalyne-a-true-canadian-collaboration-for-fact/

  • Canadian air force short 275 pilots as attrition outpaces recruitment, training

    19 septembre 2018 | Local, Aérospatial

    Canadian air force short 275 pilots as attrition outpaces recruitment, training

    By Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is contending with a shortage of around 275 pilots and needs more mechanics, sensor operators and other trained personnel in the face of increasing demands at home and abroad. The Air Force says it is working to address the deficiencies and that they have not negatively impacted operations, but officials acknowledge the situation has added pressure on Canada’s flying corps and represents a challenge for the foreseeable future. “Right now we’re doing everything we can to make sure we recruit, train and retain enough personnel to do our current mission,” said Brig.-Gen. Eric Kenny, director general of air readiness. “In the next 20 years, it’s going to be a challenge to grow the force at the rate that we would like.” The shortfall in pilots and mechanics was referenced in an internal report recently published by the Department of National Defence, which also flagged underspending on maintenance for bases and other infrastructure, as well as reductions in annual flying times thanks to Conservative-era budget cuts. Some of those issues have since started to be addressed by the Liberals through their new defence policy, but the personnel shortage remains an area of critical concern given the need for pilots and others to fly and maintain the military’s various aircraft fleets at home and abroad. Those include the planes and helicopters involved in Canada’s military missions in Iraq, Latvia, Mali, and Ukraine; domestic search-and-rescue aircraft; and the CF-18 fighter jets deployed in Romania and guarding against a foreign attack on North America. The Air Force is authorized to have 1,580 pilots, but Kenny said in an interview the Air Force is short by around 17 per cent — or about 275 pilots — along with similar shortfalls for navigators and sensor operators, who work onboard different types of aircraft, as well as mechanics. Kenny also acknowledged the threat of burnout as service members are forced to pick up the slack left by unfilled positions, and the added burden of promised new drones, fighter jets and other aircraft arriving in the coming years, which will require even more people to fly and maintain. Efforts to address the shortfalls have looked at retaining service members with tax breaks, additional support and services for family members to ease military life, and plans to free up experienced personnel by assigning administrative staff to do day-to-day tasks. Several initiatives have also been introduced to speed up recruitment and training, and attract older pilots back into the Forces, which has borne some fruit and aimed at buying time for officials to decide whether to change the length of time pilots and others are required to serve before they can leave. “This is beyond just looking at benefits,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Tuesday. “We’re looking at a much more holistic approach in how we look after them.” But the current training system means the Air Force can only produce 115 new pilots each year, which commanders have said is insufficient to meet needs given the rate at which military pilots have moved on to commercial opportunities in recent years. Conservative defence critic James Bezan suggested one reason the military is losing pilots is because they are being asked to fly older planes, including CF-18 fighter jets that are close to 40 years old. “If pilots aren’t getting new aircraft, why are they sticking around?” Bezan said. “And so, the idea of bringing in used fighter jets from Australia that are even in worse shape than the current CF-18s that we fly today, why would they stick around?” The Department of National Defence is drawing up plans for a new system that officials hope will be in place by 2021 and include the ability to expand or shrink the number of trainees in any year given the Air Force’s needs. Kenny said the shortfalls will remain a challenge since the current system will remain in place for several more years — and because it takes four and eight years to train a pilot from scratch. “We know what capabilities we’re receiving and now we can start working to make sure that we have personnel that are trained to be able to meet those requirements,” he said. “But I’m not going to lie: It’s definitely a challenge.” https://ipolitics.ca/2018/09/18/canadian-air-force-short-275-pilots-as-attrition-outpaces-recruitment-training-2/

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